Queensland on Red alert for Cheetahs
A 50-POINT win usually indicates a team is doing something right.
But returning Queensland captain James Horwill claimed the Reds would use Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs as a chance to get their game in order.
Rather than dwell on their 53-3 thumping of newcomers Melbourne, Horwill was more preoccupied by the game tape of the Cheetahs’ shock 23-3 weekend win over NSW Waratahs in Sydney, as he prepared for his return.
Horwill – back from a two-week battle with an ankle complaint – was pleased with the Reds’ 3-1 season start, all against Australian teams.
However, he hinted that the real litmus test loomed in their leg against the more physical South African teams, starting with surprise packets the Cheetahs.
After Saturday’s clash, the Reds travel to South Africa to take on the Lions ( Johannesburg, April 2) and the Stormers ( Cape Town, April 10) before returning to host the Bulls ( April 16).
‘‘ The performance against the Rebels on the weekend was good but we know it wasn’t a perfect or complete performance,’’ Horwill said.
‘‘ We need to be better again to beat the Cheetahs – we aren’t where we want to be.’’
The Cheetahs marked their first win overseas against early pace setters NSW. ‘‘ They certainly surprised the Waratahs, that’s for sure,’’ Horwill said on Tuesday.